The Mars Society published today on its web site the full set of rules for its new American Mars Exploration Rover Challenge (AMERC), a high school version of the organization’s highly successful University Rover Challenge, part of the Rover Challenge Series (RCS) which is intended to inspire students at the crossroad of robotics and space exploration.
The inaugural AMERC competition will take place at an artificial Mars Yard to be built at The Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver, Colorado on the weekend of May 13-14, 2017. The contest is open to high school teams from across the U.S.
High school students are invited to study and review the new AMERC guidelines to better prepare for their team’s involvement in the Mars rover competition.
When announcing the new contest earlier this year, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin said, “Our competition will encourage hundreds and eventually thousands of young people to develop their technical talents and inspire millions more with the vision that those who learn their science can become the explorers of new worlds. Watching it unfold, the adult world should get the message that the best way to improve education is inspiration, and if the nation were to take on the challenge of Mars, the spirit of youth would rise to the occasion.”